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As if the refereeing and diving in the Wellington Phoenix’s match at Adelaide on Saturday night wasn’t bad enough, the Aussie Football Federation (FFA) has buried its head in the sand. It’s defence of Jarred Gillett is lame at best; Blind Freddie could see that Jeronimo took a dive. Gillett has “form” in making dodgy decisions, yet the FFA won’t hear a bad word against him.
The difference in the presidential campaigns re: hurricane Sandy.
Romney is using his campaign bus to help folks –
The Romney campaign has canceled campaign events, commercials, and fundraising appeals in states that will be impacted by Hurricane Sandy, and is instead using a campaign bus to help deliver supplies to those who will be impacted by what forecasters are predicting may be a “storm of the century.”
The Obama campaign has canceled events, but has yet to announce it have pulled commercials or fundraising appeals from states in Sandy’s path. Romney was also first on the scene when Hurricane Irene struck the Gulf Coast in August, with President Obama arriving three days later after adjusting his schedule.
Twitchy, which keeps track of everything that happens on Twitter in real time, posted photos of relief supplies next to Romney’s campaign bus in Virginia, where Romney was supposed to have campaigned on Sunday before canceling his events.
And, according to CBS News: The campaign is taking similar precautions in New Hampshire, where Ann Romney was supposed to be on Monday. They have cancelled that visit and are instead using another campaign bus to help with relief there.
The Obama campaign has also cancelled events as Sandy approaches. President Obama was briefed by FEMA in Washington, D.C., today and labeled it a “serious and big storm.”
A Romney adviser told ABC News that the Romney campaign felt comfortable that Romney has gotten his message across to voters and the campaign did not even “want to even trivialize matters by talking about the state of the race when you have so many people right now that are going to be adversely impacted by the storm.”
Paul Ryan also opened up his campaign event in Ohio on Sunday, according to ABC News, by telling a crowd: “First let me start on a slightly different note, let’s today when we get home, put in our prayers the people who are in the East Coast in the wake of this big storm that’s coming, let’s not forget those fellow Americans of ours.”
Whereas the Obama campaign is still asking people to man it’s phone banks in the middle of a storm…
…For those who can’t see the photo: Fox News is reporting an email where Obama for America asked for volunteers to man the Annapolis, MD phone banks, starting at 5:30 PM this afternoon. At that point, Hurricane Sandy will be descending upon the Chesapeake Bay area and will make landfall some time between 8 PM this evening and 8 AM tomorrow. Annapolis is in the possible storm track. It WILL get hammered by winds, rain, and flooding.
So NO. DO NOT GO INTO ANNAPOLIS TO PHONE BANK TODAY. IT CAN WAIT.
Sheesh. Are there no adults in Obama for America? …Sorry, rhetorical question.
No other country in the world is as tolerant as NZ toward paedophiles and those who exploit children. No other country in the world has been as brutally abusive as NZ toward a capable, loving family, desperate to protect their vulnerable child from exploitation. A summary of these NZ atrocities is here: http://bit.ly/ourNZexperience
The document above contains comments from a large number of experts – over 30 professors and doctorates, NZ MPs, members of the House of Commons and the House of Lords.
1. Should the NZ Head of State be putting himself in the position where he would be facing serious legal action and possibly prison if he was in the UK or the US.
2. Is there no limit to what NZ will do to promote paedophilia?
When the US government ignored repeated warnings by its own scientists and allowed untested genetically modified (GM) crops into our environment and food supply, it was a gamble of unprecedented proportions. The health of all living things and all future generations were put at risk by an infant technology.
After two decades, physicians and scientists have uncovered a grave trend. The same serious health problems found in lab animals, livestock, and pets that have been fed GM foods are now on the rise in the US population. And when people and animals stop eating genetically modified organisms (GMOs), their health improves.
This government and the farmers in Canterbury could not get their irrigation schemes underway utilising the processes of democracy and established business practice so they get rid of democracy and steal it. Theft. Worse than fucking dole bludgers. It will come back to haunt.
Well day one was fine.
Day two though is a different matter.
Banking from yesterday isn’t shown on internet banking.
0800 help. well if its cheques they won’t until cleared. Its shows on our screen.
So how do we do our accounting then when we can’t reconcile our banking?
woop te do.
So what worked for years and years since Country Wide days is now trashed by ANZ.
And they want to be according to their CEO the best bank in NZ.
They have fuck all chance at this rate.
Seriously pissed off person who then has to waste his time on these stupid people.
Oh and no I didn’t read the screeds of PR stuff they sent. I am the customer, something which even their person reckoned was OK.
I use, on a regular basis, internet banking for BNZ, ASB Bank, Westpac, National Bank, National Australia Bank, ASB Bank (Australian account), Westpac Australian account, TSB Bank, ANZ Bank (personal) and ANZ Bank (business).
ANZ Bank (business) is consistently the worst and most clumsy system. Absolutely phucking hopeless!
No, I don’t have accounts at all of those banks but I administer outfits that do.
Ha what a joke. she was moaning about leaky homes as well.
well guess who asserbated that problem by insisting that treating pine with preservatives to stop the pine rotting was bad for the environment?
would that have been the Greens and the Blue green mate from Nelson.
Disaffection among young Maori men and a sense of not belonging are part of the problem, Maori Party co-leader Pita Sharples said. He is campaigning for New Zealand history to be taught in all schools.
In a speech last week, he said Maori children were not achieving well in schools because teachers, with other New Zealanders, were not familiar with the history and traditions that made Maori students who they were.
Frank @ 8:54 that story is unbelievable. Everyone should read it. Chilling.
However, the State was not happy that we wanted to hold them accountable for their inappropriate intervention in our family. Realising they had no legal grounds to remove our daughter they secretly encouraged our child to leave home on her own, promising her that when she was 16 the State would provide for all her needs on condition that she has no further contact with her family.
At the initial interim court hearing, our daughter’s barrister Barry MacLean, launched into a tirade of lies to discredit the mother, Margaret. It comprised vicious vitriol – a 20-minute stream of baseless fabrications. At the end of his tirade, Justice Ryan called a recess for morning tea. When the court re-assembled after the recess, the court was surprised to see that Barry MacLean had left the building with no intention of returning. Having told his lies, he simply left, abandoning the court proceedings. As the opposing barrister was not present, we and our lawyer were now not permitted to address the court. We were thus denied an opportunity to refute Barry MacLean’s tirade of lies besmirching Margaret’s character. Rather than postponing the hearing or cancelling the hearing as would be required by the rule of law, Justice Ryan closed proceedings and retired to consider his verdict. Needless to say, the verdict was to impose an interim gagging order on us until the full hearing two years later, with severe repercussions for the future of our family.
…are just some of the things “the system” did to this family. Everyone needs to read it. It’s absolutely chilling.
“My son violated his orders in order to protect the lives of at least 30 people. He risked his life to be a hero. I wish that the leadership in the White House had the same moral courage that my son displayed with his life.”
I said a few weeks back that one allegation about these rings are the intelligence services find them useful because it generates the best blackmail material imaginable. Well this guy was Thatcher’s PPS so you’d imagine it would be very useful to have some material on him, wouldn’t you.
Here you go Kiwibloggers – I know some of you have been breathless (if not pantless) awaiting this info? 😉
WELLINGTON! LEARN FROM THE AUCKLAND $UPERCITY! “CORRUPTION AT THE HIGHEST LEVELS”!
“CORRUPTION AT THE HIGHEST LEVELS” 25 October 2012
AUCKLAND COUNCIL GOVERNING BODY 25 OCTOBER 2012 PUBLIC FORUM
– “CORRUPTION AT THE HIGHEST LEVELS” Penny Bright (Transcript)
“I hate to be the one to pop the hot air balloon, but New Zealand is actually a corrupt, polluted tax haven.
Although we are ‘perceived’ to be the ‘least corrupt country in the world’, the Transparency International ‘Corruption Perception Index’ is actually based upon the subjective opinions of anonymous business people.
If NZ is ‘the least corrupt country in the world’ – arguably we should be the most transparent.
So – how come the ‘books’ of Auckland Council and Council Controlled Organisations (CCOs) are NOT open?
How come we are not given the ‘devilish detail’ – the NAMES of the consultants/contractors; the SCOPE, the TERM and VALUE of the contracts?
As of 21 November last year, there were 5000 contracts to 12,500 suppliers.
Please be reminded Councillors, of your statutory duties under the Local Government Act :
s.14 Principles relating to local authorities
(1 )In performing its role, a local authority must act in accordance with the following principles:
(a)a local authority should—
(i) conduct its business in an open, transparent, and democratically accountable manner; and
(g)a local authority should ensure prudent stewardship and the efficient and effective use of its resources in the interests of its district or region;
You swear an Oath to the public:
“I, declare that I will faithfully and impartially, and according to the best of my skill and judgment, execute and perform, in the best interests of Auckland, the powers, authorities, and duties vested in or imposed upon me as a member of the Auckland Council by virtue of the Local Government Act 2002, the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987, or any other Act.”
So, how come you are not carrying out your statutory duties?
How come you are not enforcing s.42 of the Local Government Act which makes it encumbent upon the CEO to ensure:
(2)A chief executive appointed under subsection (1) is responsible to his or her local authority for—
(e)maintaining systems to enable effective planning and accurate reporting of the financial and service performance of the local authority;
This is not the first time that I’ve raised these issues with you.
What channel that I could have gone down, have I not gone down?
I have made a formal complaint to the National Archives Office because under s.17 of the Public Records Act 2005:
17 Requirement to create and maintain records
(1)Every public office and local authority must create and maintain full and accurate records of its affairs, in accordance with normal, prudent business practice, including the records of any matter that is contracted out to an independent contractor.
You are not doing that.
And – who is holding you to account?
That’s why a formal complaint has been lodged with the Office of the Auditor-General and they ‘look at it before they look at it’ – but what this complaint is requesting is to investigate allegedly corrupt ‘conflicts of interest’ of Auckland Council CEO Doug McKay who is also a member of the extremely powerful private lobby group – the Committee for Auckland.
How many contracts have been awarded by Auckland Council and any of the following CCOs to member companies of the Committee for Auckland?
Watercare Services Ltd
ATEED (Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development Ltd)
ACIL (Auckland Council Investment Ltd)
AWDA (Auckland Waterfront Development Agency Ltd)
RFA (Regional Facilities Auckland)
ACPL (Auckland Council Property Ltd)
Also – we want an investigation – why has Auckland Council not ensured CEO Doug McKay has carried out his statutory duties?
Since 2006 – people such as myself organized opposition to the ‘Supercity’ because we said
the ‘Supercity’ was not to benefit the majority of citizens and ratepayers.
The purpose of the ‘Supercity’ was to set up a bigger public trough, for fewer, but bigger private snouts.
Now we have the evidence to support this.
The fact of the matter is that the ‘Supercity’ was a corrupt corporate coup – the organizational mechanism for the corporate takeover being the CCO model, which has never been subject to any ‘cost-benefit’ analysis by the Office of the Auditor-General; the Department of Internal Affairs; Treasury or any Council.
To finish – I believe there should be NO TAXATION without TRANSPARENCY or ACCOUNTABILITY. That’s why I have not paid my rates since 2008, and I refuse to do so.
I believe that the people of Auckland must make a stand to take back our region from corporate control, and I call on people to take that action. NO SAY – NO PAY!
QUESTION FROM COUNCILLOR CATHY CASEY:
“What response have you had from Council when you have asked for the list of contractors that you named – the 5000 and 12,500 suppliers.
What reason have you been given for withholding this information?”
Reasons given on 21 November 2011 from Darrell Griffin (Manager for Democracy Services):
When I asked:
” 1) Is the Auckland Council, in a truly ‘open, transparent and democratically-accountable’ way,
going to ensure that citizens and ratepayers of the Auckland region are going to be given the ‘devilish’ detail,
so we can see exactly where our rates monies are being spent on private sector consultants and contractors?
a) Are the names of the consultants/ contractors; the scope, term and value of these contracts going to be
published in the Auckland Council annual Report so that they are available for public scrutiny?
b) If not – why not?
(ANSWER) Not at this stage. there are 500 contracts related to 12,500 suppliers. To collate and publish these
would be a major exercise logistically and cost-wise. ”
That is the answer – the books are not open – they are still not open.
I checked on the website this morning in the forlorn hope that there might have been some development.
You put ‘contracts’ in the Council website – you find nothing.
But – on the front page of the Auckland Council website – ‘Investment in Auckland’.
If you are an investor – Auckland Council is very keen to help you and give you information.
If you are a ratepayer wanting to know where your monies are being spent – sorry – BAD LUCK.
Just one final point.
This book to which I was referring contains ten new ‘Items of Evidence’ that High Court Judge Ellis allowed
me to adduce in the Occupy Auckland vs Auckland Council case at which I was an Appellant.
So – it’s not only the Office of the Auditor-General looking at these issues – also a High Court Judge.
Just read about 3 of Pita Sharples Maori’s scholars who have obviously been swotting up on Maori tradition. 3 kids, one thought to be around 8 held up a female at gun point in Pukekohe on Saturday night. They stole her hand bag and car.
Water levels at The Battery have now topped ten feet and rising. They’ve suddenly changed the scale to twelve feet to account for this.
The green line – which is a measure of the storm surge – looked like it was going to plateau about 30 minutes ago but is now rising again. Even if it had plateaued the actual water level would have gone above ten feet since high tide will occur at 9PM EST (2pm NZ time). One twitter user reports:
starting to have lights flickering in queens. most friends on LI lost power already. some in queens have too. hope subway holds.
I see that the egregious Andrew Sullivan made a post the other day arguing by implication that the Republicans are racist, and overtly that the Democrats are now the ‘Party of Lincoln’.
Which is just pure rubbish, notwithstanding the fact that it is incredibly offensive for this left wing self-promoter (despite what he claims) to try and argue that the Democratic Party, the party that supported slavery in the USA, the party that opposed most civil rights measures through most of the 20th century, and the party that now uses race and gender in an attempt to divide and conquer, is the party of one of the great Presidents, elected as a Republican.
The Republicans are not a racist party, just like the Nats are not a racist party, just like the Coalition in Australia is not a mysognist party. The thing is that their opponents want to believe that they are a racist party because that gives them an unanswerable way of demonising them without resorting to, you know, arguing policy.
Anyway, when I still read Whaleoil (which I no longer do), I saw that he used to quote Sullivan all of the time. I have know I idea why he would give time to that idiot, but it is his blog, so he can taint it with who he likes…
Anyway, when I still read Whaleoil (which I no longer do), I saw that he used to quote Sullivan all of the time.
Really? That seems incredibly stupid when one considers what a flake of a commentator Sullivan is. As I said after the first debate, Sullivan is hysterical when Obama is winning and hysterical when he’s losing.
It is incredibly offensive
Perhaps. It would be more offensive if he had any real credibility, which he should not have retained after his nearly insane pursuit of the conspiracy theory around Palin’s baby, Trig – which gave rise to the term “Trig Trutherism”.
Has there ever been a gay man so obsessed with one woman’s vagina?
Posties have won a six-year battle against NZ Post over calculations for holiday pay, in a court ruling that is likely to affect all employees entitled to holiday pay.
The Court of Appeal has overturned the decisions of the Employment Court and the Employment Relations Authority following an appeal by the Postal Workers Union of Aotearoa, which represents around 1200 posties. A further 3,000
Good question Longknives.
But guess what, nothing will change, this sort of abomination will
continue to happen in NZ untill, as you point out the Welfare State system changes.
i note the day this happened was a Monday, seems neither Mum or her boyfriend went to work that day.
(maybe it was his rostered day off)
Any bets as to whether she was getting DPB and he was on the Unemployment Bene
Mum found the child with soiled nappy in the shower and went to her room to watch a movie.
This poor kid had suffered two boken arms in previous incidents. FFS
In the senence appeal matter above means that “Judge” Mary Peters who sentenced this animal
to home detention can now join the Judiciary roll of dishonour along with, “Judge” Raoul Neave, and
“Judge” McNaughton, and ‘Judge” Harvey and “Judge” P. Cunningham, and other “Judges ” that other correspondents may care to name.
Hinamanu:When the US government ignored repeated warnings by its own scientists
Myth. The US government followed the advice of its experts.
and allowed untested genetically modified (GM) crops into our environment and food supply, it was a gamble of unprecedented proportions.
There was no gamble. There was no reason, and still is no reason, to suspect that GM crops are a health threat.
The health of all living things and all future generations were put at risk by an infant technology.
This is just propaganda.
After two decades, physicians and scientists have uncovered a grave trend.
No they haven’t. A handful of crackpots have convinced themselves that they have discovered a trend, but many of these people have also “discovered” that vaccines cause autism, and that AIDS isn’t caused by a virus.
The same serious health problems found in lab animals, livestock, and pets that have been fed GM foods are now on the rise in the US population.
There have been hundreds of safety studies on GM crops. They are safe. Only a few studies have found evidence of harm and most of those, such as the recent Seralini nonsense, seem to have been done by people, like Seralini, who have ties to the anti-GE movement.
AH, and I see you link to the nonsensical Genetic Roulette video. If I had a larger data cap I might watch it. I sometimes enjoy trashy nonsense, like Plan 9 From Outer Space etc.
There have been hundreds of safety studies on GM crops. They are safe.
I simply don’t know how anyone with a 3-digit IQ can possibly draw this conclusion at this point in time. When you talk GE you talk species-changing because that is what it is. This doesn’t mean that crossing a toad gene with a tomato is necessarily a bad thing, it may be, it may not. But the devil in the detail with genes are the effects don’t emerge for generations and generations. And sometimes those effects are not anticipated. And when you’re dealing with our food, you need to be careful.
However, moronically, the US Supreme Court decision which allowed the law IP over living entities because the silly old SC didn’t understand the definition of a “living organism” and conflated the fact one of the oil companies had developed a GE bacteria in the lab which ate oil, with the legal principal of a commercially enforceable right over “life,” has resulted in commercial interests overriding the wider ethical considerations, which they have a wont to do. Shareholder return and all that. And they’re not known for waiting for decades and decades, are they.
Not understanding this history and factoring this analysis fully into all market genetic releases, is fatal. Not for you, for your children.
I simply don’t know how anyone with a 3-digit IQ can possibly draw this conclusion at this point in time.
And its precisely this kind of ignorant bigotry that underlies the anti-Ge movement. The reason why most scientists don’t have a problem with genetic engineering – and this may be a difficult point for you to follow – is that they actually know something about the subject. In particular, they know enough to be able to make judgements on it, unlike anti-GE people whose knowledge is often quite rudimentary.
When you talk GE you talk species-changing because that is what it is.
Nonsense. Some GE projects do not involve transferring material between different species. And in those cases where DNA is moved between species – so what? Nature transfers DNA between species. Plant genes can be found in at least one marine mollusc, for example, put there by nature.
And when you’re dealing with our food, you need to be careful.
But you also need to be careful with ordinary plant breeding. Many people don’t seem to understand this.
Nelson mayor Aldo Miccio and Tasman mayor Richard Kempthorne released a joint statement yesterday saying Dr Smith had once more used incorrect rating figures that did not tell the true story.
Dr Smith said in a newsletter to constituents rates have increased over the last decade by 13 per cent each year in Nelson, using compounding calculations, and 12 per cent each year in Tasman since 2001, and the debt of the two councils has trebled to more than $200 million during the last decade.
“To repeatedly say increasing costs are entirely due to council decisions and use incorrect figures of 12 per cent and 13 per cent to support his view is both mystifying and disappointing,” Mr Miccio and Mr Kempthorne said.
Its Nick Smith afterall.He is without doubt a clown.
Reid:When have I ever in my 12,000+ posts, expressed bigotry?
When you claimed, in the post I was responding to, that anyone intelligent could not reach a different conclusion from you.
I wasn’t pinning any significance on it anyway, it was a side-comment, not germane to the argument. What about that don’t you understand?
You claimed that this was what genetic engineering was:
When you talk GE you talk species-changing because that is what it is.
So, you claim that GE is about species-changing, and now you claim that this claim was a side-comment and wasn’t germane? How is you definition or misunderstanding of GE not germane to a debate about GE?
The case of the six scientists in Italy found guilty over failing to communicate earthquake risks properly has taken a new twist with revelations from a wiretapping of a civil defense boss who wasn’t charged.
Bereal.. Likewise. There will be times when we will disagree but I promise to tone down my out bursts. In my opinion many Judges are failed solicitors who for some reason have some clout and enjoy the status.
I have been in chambers with a couple and they are not too bad one on one once you cut through the bull shit. Mind you I was a lowly Sgt out of his depth.
I see you’ve given up already bereal. Just in one night you’ve gone from defending the treasured, and misunderstood abs, to talking about beautiful skys. Someone you know lose a tooth, thereby helping you get in touch with your inner self and become a tooth fairy? You let the ball slip too easily for a die hard fan bereal, you didn’t get spear tackled, welcomed with an onehunga handshake across your flattened snout, eye-gouged or even a scrotum rip before you crossed over.
Sometimes I think you’ve got a pony tail descending right down your back to you know where, which is the same reason for the weaknesses in the Auckland front row that you overlook at every opportunity. Take this sympathetic post to you as to an explanation of the real reason why you can’t put the ball in straight except under the hooker’s feet.
Just 10 when he was arrested for killing his neo-Nazi father, the small, blonde child told police he pulled the gun from a low-lying closet shelf and aimed it at the man’s ear while he slept in the family’s California home.
Now, the boy is standing trial for murdering 32-year-old Jeff Hall in a rare case that, if he’s held responsible for the death, could make him the youngest person currently in the custody of California’s corrections department.
Prosecutors want a judge in Riverside to find the now-12-year-old child murdered Hall – a regional leader of the National Socialist Movement who headed rallies at a synagogue and day labour site – and keep him locked up as long as possible, citing a history of violent behaviour including choking a teacher with a telephone cord.
In a few short months there will no impediment to the two of you forging a life together in matrimonial bliss,.. the na sayers said it shouldn’t happen but no! nothing will stop this union especially now that RF is going to tone down his outbursts …..ain’t life grand
You hate the All Blacks, then when questioned it turns out you change your tune to hate the Haka.
The question has to be asked, Maybe you just hate yourself,
and your country, i don’t know.
So O’Driscoll was spear tackled, no one denies that , but, he has forgiven Umanga.
Why do you let that one episode obsess your life ?
By the way N-Nz, i already did the ponytail joke, about a year ago, try and keep up babe.
A woman has come forward who claims she witnessed Basil Brush being fisted.
I’ve been telling you guys there are lots of boys involved in this, haven’t I. If those bastards can fist Basil there’s no limit to their depravity. They crossed the Rubicon, went through the looking glass. It’s red pill/blue pill time, people.
The bigger stations even have their own lodges, there are some pretty good stats for NZ as well showing a large number of masons reaching Commissioner, it was a standing joke that you had no chance if you wre a catholic, but there are catholic lodges now
Most of the Judges I have come across were fairly weak and I believe left leaning. The odd one stood out as they were hard liners and used to be known as being pro police. You got to know these as solicitors sought remands for their clients to avoid being sentenced by them.
Maybe Judges were Masons but that would have been years ago when the Police had their fair share of Irishmen. Now the Police are a mixed bunch and I believe lack commitment. Now soon as your shift is over off you go. In the good old days you just kept on working if something serious turned up.
You would be surprised how several single malts makes you feel kindly to your fellow man. Fair not I do not intend to run away with bereal and start a new life however I am open to serious offers. If we arrange to meet I will be the one in the corner looking through the eye holes cut in the news paper. Pleased my wife does not read this crap.
Oops here we go Auckland city council approving another far lefty street party…probably paying for it too….
If I didn’t need my job I’d go along for a counter protest….but such is the lack,of free speech in this country………
Saturday, November 3, 2pm, Karangahape Road (between Queen and Pitt Sts)
A Street Party Against Privatisation
organised by the Auckland Branch of Aotearoa is Not for Sale. Even though the government has put its plans to sell on “hold” we are continuing the PEACEFUL fight on the streets!
We will have bands, djs, street theatre, a kids zone with pirates, face painting, jugglers, bubbles, games. There will also be speakers, stalls, two tonnes of snow and all sorts happening! Come along, bring the family and get involved Bring a couch, a ball, a paddling pool, the dog and some fun vibes to dance against asset sales!
CONFIRMED ACTS: Mice on Stilts, Penny Dreadfuls, New Natives, DJs Tina Turntables, Tobi Jafa, Scalper live, Exile, Locksteady, Issa, Flex, Oogun, Azbo, Kwinton Vybz & Tommy Flowers!